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An Update from West Yellowstone 2015

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Written by a member of the Crested Butte Nordic Team

Dear fellow Nordorks,

I bring word from the front lines of nordic training. This morning was so cold that Jack Frost more than nipped at our noses despite the fact that Thanksgiving has only just passed. We were all alone on the battleground of the Nordic trails at 9:00 am this morning save for the kind gentleman who checks our tags. I suppose this means we are warriors.  Meanwhile, in the undercarriage of our temporary home, the Nerf war rages on with no sign of a cease-fire on the frosty horizon. The civilians have taken to arming themselves with pillows. It is a crude yet effective defense, since the participants of the war are primarily targeting each other; although occasionally the civilians are caught in the crossfire. I’m not sure if Kai or Woody is winning, to be honest it’s rather hard to tell.  

The adults have once again risen to the challenge of feeding our crew with nothing less than magnificence. And yet I struggle to compete with the goblins (Looking at you, Aiden) that raid the refrigerator after our morning ski. Austin and Molly encourage us to eat as much as we can, and the goblins have taken this literally. I fear it is not enough, and that they will soon hunger for human flesh if we do not keep on par with our daily offerings of turkey, sandwich makings and hot chocolate. fortunately, the parents are more than competent enough to address this need.

After our morning jog we train twice a day, and rest in between. This work is hard, but we recover quickly and by the time the Nerf War has resumed in the evening we have miraculously found the strength to take part. Perhaps it is the coffee from Free Heel and Wheel, the local coffee shop at which we spend a considerable amount of free time. Maybe we are just becoming more powerful.

The days are cold, but we bear it willingly, since the snow is not only fluffy and soft, but there is lots of it. I am actually grateful for the dry chill since it means the packing/flinging capacity of the snow is low, therefore the dryness of my face and clothes has been raised exponentially.

Despite cold and the war and the goblins, my spirits are high. The companions that are here with me make this frigid place warmer than anyone could have guessed (the thermostat doesn’t hurt either) and I am anxious to return next year.

Signing off,

Nordork

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail NRL Info Dec 13 & 14, 2014

 Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

USSA National Ranking List (NRL) Race

Maloit Park Minturn, Colorado

Information December 13 & 14, 2014

Dec 11, 2014 EDITION

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday December 9, 2014

  1. 7pm Deadline for Entries due to Mike Elliott. Email (teamelliott@frontier.net).  Call 970 769-8655 for questions.
  2. Any entries received after 7pm are subject to a $10 late fee per athlete per race.

Thursday December 11, 2014

  1. Entry lists for both the Interval Start and Mass Start Races sent out for verification and will be posted on Four Corners Timing Web Site. fourcornerstiming.com.

Friday December 12, 2014

  1. 1pm Courses Open for Inspection. Courses closes at
  2. No Trail Fees for racers or coaches. Parents and/or spectators — we accept donations for trail fees only.  There are two donation boxes located on the trail.  Feel free to help out!

Saturday December 13, 2014 — Interval Start Freestyle Technique 5km

  1. 9am – 10:45am Final Registration and Bib Pick-up in Lobby Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy (VSSA) School. No Late Entries Accepted Race Day.
  2. 11am Start of Freestyle Race.

Order of Start for Qualifying Races:  15 Second Interval           

  • SR/U20/U18/U16 Males 5km                 11am
  • SR/U20/U18/U16 Females 5km             11:40am
  • U14/U12 Males 3km                                   12:15pm       These Start Times are Subject to Change
  • U14/U12 Females 3km                               12:40pm                                           
  • U10/U8 Males and Females 1km            1pm

Sunday December 14, 2014 — Classic Technique Mass Start By Class

  1. 9am – 9:45am Final Registration and Bib Pick-up in Lobby VSSA School. No Late Entries Accepted.  Course open to all coaches with proper race bibs.  Parents and spectators — please consider a donation for the grooming.
  2. 10am Start of Classic Race.

Order of Start                                                                                                                                                                                      

  • SR/U18/U20 Males                 10km           10am
  • SR/U18/U20/U16 Females    5km             10:35am   These Times are Subject to Change
  • U16 Males                                    5km             11am
  • U14/U12 Males                          3km              11:25pm
  • U14/U12 Females                      3km              11:45pm
  • U10/U8 Males                            1km              12:05pm
  • U10/U8 Females                       1km               12:07p

Miscellaneous

  1. Waiver and Release of Liability: Every competitor must have a signed SSCV Waiver and Release of Liability and signed USSA Waiver and Release of Liability.
  2. Racing Bibs: Ski Racers will use the same bib for both races.  $60 fee will be charged for missing or damaged bibs.
  3. Bathrooms: Located within 50 meters of the Start/Finish as well as the locker rooms with the VSSA School.
  4. Waxing: Waxing will be outside.  Power is available in at least two locations from the VSSA School and two from the EVCF building located just west of the school.
    1. RMN Waxing Protocol HF waxes only. No Pure Fluorinated Waxes Please.
  5. Parking: Both lots will be available.  Team vans will be allowed to park in the back of the VSSA School closer to the race Start/Finish.  Parents and spectators please park in the VSSA School lot.  Parking attendants will be available to assist with the parking.
  6. Entry Fees Per Race:

U16 and Older $35. 

U14 & U12 $25. 

U10 & U8 $10

  1. Payment: Checks payable to SSCV (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail).  Please pay for both races at registration.
  2. Late Entries or Changes: $10 fee for any additions or changes after 7pm on Tuesday December 9, 2014.  Late entries and changes will be accepted until 6pm Friday December 12, 2014.  There will be no race day entries accepted.  Lost or damaged race bibs will be subject to a $60 fee.
  3. Seeding For Saturday’s Interval Start Race: U16 and Older seeding will be done directly off the USSA NRL points list, then Rocky Mountain Nordic Final Points List from 2013/2014, then random draw.  U14 and younger seeding will be random draw.
  4. Seeding for Sunday’s Distance Race: Same procedure.  U16 and Younger will be based off of Saturday’s results.
  5. Timing both days: Four Corners Timing.
  6. Organizing Committee:

Chief of Competition                        Mike Elliott

Chief of Course                                  Dan Weiland

Technical Delegate                           Toni Geer

Assistant Technical Delegate        Tom Scrimgeour

Race Secretary                                   Carmen Weiland

Race Administrator                           Euginnia Manseau and Brittney Ziebell

Chief of Stadium                               Caleb Krueger/CB Bechtel

Chief of Timing                                  Four Corners Timing

Chief of Start                                     Grant Herzog

Assistant Chief of Start                    Christian Kloser

Chief of Medical                                Dr. Gordon Hardenbergh

Pure Fluoro Waxes Banned For Some Classes At SSCV RMN JNQ

Pure Fluoro waxes are banned for some classes at the JNQ races at Minturn, Colorado February 21 – 22, 2014.  HF waxes are approved for use.  This policy of RMN banning Pure Fluorinated waxes at Junior National Qualifying races goes back to 2001.  This is a gentleman’s agreement among all the RMN ski clubs and their coaches participating in JNQ races.  The reason for the ban is to help control the expenses for waxes by RMN ski clubs.

However there are exceptions when RMN skiers compete directly against skiers, like college skiers, for USSA and FIS points and those skiers can use the expensive pure Fluoro waxes.  That is the case at the SSCV RMN JNQ and DU Western Regional Championships ski races.

On Friday’s February 21 races, U20/U18/U16 females and U20/U18 males are eligible to use Pure Fluoro waxes since they will be races against college skiers.  Pure Fluoro waxes are banned for all other RMN classes.  On Saturday’s races, Pure Fluoro waxes are banned for all RMN classes since they will not be racing directly against college skiers.

The pure Fluoro waxes are the waxes that cost at retail $140 – $250 and can wax four to eight pair of skis.  Everyone is approved to use the Highly Fluorinated (HF) waxes.

SSWSC JNQ Jan 31 – Feb 1, 2014 Information

 SSWSC CU Invitational/RMN JNQ Jan 31 – Feb 1, 2014

 Friday and Saturday, January 31st & February 1st 2014

Hosted by:  Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club & University of Colorado

 Team Information Sheet

Schedule of events

Monday, January 27, 2014

7:00 PM Entries due

e-mail entries to Mike Elliott from Four Corner’s Timing (teamelliott@frontier.net)

 Thursday, January 30, 2014

9:30AM Course open for inspection

6:00PM Team Captain’s Meeting Olympian Hall- Howelsen Lodge

Friday, January 31, 2014 Classic Interval Start

7:00-8:30 – Bib pick up

Estimated start times –

Friday January 31st

9:30 – Females Senior/U20/U18/U16 ….5km

10:45 – Males Senior/U20/U18…………10km

11:50 – Males U16 ……………………….5km

12:25 – Males U14/U12 ……………….2.5km

12:50 – Females U14/U12 …………….2.5km

1:20 – Males U10/U8 …………………1.25km

1:30 – Females U10/U8 ………………1.25km

Saturday February 1st, 2014 Skate Mass Start

9:30 – Males Senior……………..20km

10:30 – Females Senior………………..15km

11:45 – Males U20/U18 …………….10km

12:20 – Females U20/U18/U16 ……..5km

12:40- Males U16……………………..5km

1:00 – Males U14 …………………..2.5km

1:15 – Females U14 ………………..2.5km

1:30 – Males U12 …………………..2.5km

1:45- Females U12…………………2.5km

2:00- Males U10/U8 ……………..1.25km

2:05 – Females U10/U8 ………….1.25km

Team Registration

  • Entries are due to Mike Elliott & Four Corners’ Timing by Monday, January 27, 2014 7:00PM  (teamelliott@frontier.net)
  • Bibs will be distributed in Olympian Hall- Howelsen Lodge
  • There will be a $50.00 fee for lost or damaged bibs
  • Coach bibs will be issued- two per team

Rocky Mountain Nordic Team Individual Entry Fees- Make checks payable to SSWSC

  • U16 and older – $35 per race
  • U14/U12 – $25 per race
  • U10/U8 – $10 per race
  • Any Late Entries are Subject to a $10 late fee per race
  • USSA and SSWSC Waivers necessary for non-USSA or non-SSWSC members

*Nordic Trail passes are now required by the City of Steamboat Springs- $13 prior to Thursday, and $6 on Thursday. They are available in the SSWSC office, second floor of Howelsen Lodge.

Course Notes, Inspection and Course

  • No backwards skiing on course at anytime
  • Coaches and athletes will be the only skiers allowed on course that day
  • Course closure 9:20 each day
  • Warm up skiing behind the start/finish, ball fields next to Howelsen Lodge, and beyond the ski jump out runs

Seeding

Seeding will be by FIS/USSA points

Miscellaneous

  • The goal is to stage awards ceremonies throughout the day as      results are produced. The results will remain unofficial until the protest      period has elapsed.
  • Parking is located at the Rodeo Grounds- end of 5th street
  • Registration is located in Olympian Hall- Howelsen Lodge. Olympian Hall is available for athletes to use. Please make sure you instruct your athletes to be tidy.
  • Bathrooms in Lodge and a Snack Bar
  • Power will be available at junction box south east end of Rodeo Arena near start/finish

Additional bathrooms will be provided near the start/finish

Pure Fluoro Waxes For Some Classes at SSWSC JNQ Jan 31, Feb 1, 2014

Pure Fluoro waxes are banned at the JNQ races at Steamboat Springs January 31 – February 1, 2014.  HF waxes are approved for use.  This policy of RMN banning Pure Fluorinated waxes at Junior National Qualifying races goes back to 2001.  This is a gentleman’s agreement among all the RMN ski clubs and their coaches participating in JNQ races.  The reason for the ban is to help control the expenses for waxes by RMN ski clubs.

However there are exceptions when RMN skiers compete directly against skiers, like college skiers, for USSA and FIS points and those skiers can use the expensive pure Fluoro waxes.  That is the case at the SSWSC RMN JNQ and CU Invitational ski races.

On Friday’s January 31 races, U20/U18/U16 females and U20/U18 males are eligible to use Pure Fluoro waxes since they will be races against college skiers.  Pure Fluoro waxes are banned for all other RMN classes.  On Saturday’s races, Pure Fluoro waxes are banned for all RMN classes since they will not be racing directly against college skiers.

The pure Fluoro waxes are the waxes that cost at retail $140 – $250 and can wax four to eight pair of skis.  Everyone is approved to use the Highly Fluoronated (HF) waxes.

Ten RMN Skiers Pre-Qualify for 2014 Junior National Championships

At the Senior Nationals at Soldier Hollow, Utah, the skiers who finished in the top 20 in the final World Junior Points List automatically prequalified for the Junior National Championship in Stowe, Vermont March 3 – March 8, 2014.  Ten of the skiers are from Rocky Mountain Nordic.

Males:  Lars Hannah SSWSC, Cal DeLine SSCV, Jackson Hill CU, Cully Brown SSCV, and Evan Weinman SSWSC.

Females:  Hailey Swirbul AVSC, Taeler McCrerey SNSC, Abbey Habermehl SSWSC, Gretchen Burkholder SSWSC, and Hannah Peterson DNSC